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About your course
Completing the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate as a fully accredited professional with relevant industry experience and excellent earning potential.
- Study on a tailored part-time route, giving you an opportunity to progress your career and education at the same time
- Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
- £6 million investment in developing state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Stepping stone to a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities
Not only have I established a firm understanding of building surveying, but have also gained an invaluable amount of commercial awareness. This has undoubtedly come from the lecturers delivering the course and their ability to draw upon personal industry experience and deliver that to the students. I would recommend this course to any individual with even just a slight interest in surveying, as once you join the course you realise how broad of a discipline it really is and the vast amount of skills you will ascertain.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience
Work-related learning is included within this programme, so students will have the opportunity to engage in real world projects and activities, and apply their own practical experiences.
In doing so, students will be able to apply and further develop their knowledge and employability skills in a 'world of work' context.
Having experience of the workplace and current issues is incredibly valuable in developing career aims and when applying for graduate jobs.
Work-related learning may take different forms, the most common being: simulations of workplace activity; and employer-driven case studies.
The programme has active links with industry and involves employers in the industrial projects at each level of the programme. Real world case studies are used wherever possible.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support
Studying on a part time basis can be challenging. We recognise this and ensure that throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice on course-related issues.
Understand all areas of building surveying and develop the practical skills needed to succeed with this BSc degree course at LJMU
Traditionally, a building surveyor’s main area of expertise has been in property refurbishment and conservation, but nowadays they are also involved in building design, management, maintenance, and surveys – the whole lifecycle of a building, in fact.
As such, they work with a range of people, from building owners and occupiers to builders, planners, lawyers and service engineers, so not only do they need to be technically competent but practical as well, and capable of giving advice on subjects as diverse as repair diagnosis to building design to legal representation in court.
The course is built around the following four themes together with work experience and project tasks that simulate real working practices, giving you the knowledge and practical skills to launch your career as a building surveyor:
- Technical knowledge, such as building construction, building defects, science and materials
- Design practice, which covers cad, refurbishment projects, sustainability projects, building conservation
- Management practice, including construction site management, facilities and maintenance management business management
- Law, including construction law, property law, health and safety law
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
During level 4, students gain basic knowledge and theory of the building surveying discipline. They gain an introduction to building surveying in practice, law and construction technology. They will study key themes around science and materials, design and specification, and get involved in exciting collaborative interdisciplinary activities. At level 4 students also become skilled in academic and digital literacy.
During level 5, students are exposed the application and integration of key building surveying themes. In particular, students learn about managing property assets, procurement and contracts, and a more focused legal perspective of property law and construction technology. Students' progress their practical building surveying skills through learning about pathology and inspection, and get involved in collaborative interdisciplinary activities in an exciting project environment. Students are also introduced to research methods skills and knowledge.
During level 6, students focus on key concepts around the management and strategic implications of the building surveying discipline. This includes learning about real estate and asset strategy, learning about professional practice, understanding how to provide productive workplaces, and the implications and management of project lifecycles. Students will again be involved in collaborative interdisciplinary activities during a level 6 project, as well as completing a final year research project.
Finally, students have the opportunity to participate in an exciting international field visit during their final year of study.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
You can expect to spend on average 8-10 hours in the classroom which may be in the form of lectures, tutorials and workshops, combined with your own research using our library and the web. You should spend around 15 hours per week in private study.
Expert tuition and support
All the lecturers are professionally qualified and have experience in their specialist subject area. There is a large course team that teaches on building surveying and this uses professionals not only in building surveying, but also in architecture, building services engineering, facilities management and law.
They will pass on their practical knowledge of the industry to you. Your lecturers also carry internationally recognised research into various aspects of the discipline. Being at the forefront of research, your lecturers will help you to develop into the top Building Surveyors of the future.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose
All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports and reviews) and individual and group presentations. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
We are looking for students with a keen interest in the construction and property management sector, good communication and problem solving skills, and an ambition to work in a stimulating and varied environment. Students must be self-starting and capable of working independently, using their own initiative. Good writing and numeric skills are essential, with preferably an aptitude for spatial recognition (drafting and reading plans), design, and drawing.
GCSE and equivalents
- At least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics are required
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: None
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Please contact the Faculty of Technology and Environment for further information
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: Applicants should be studying at least three subjects at Higher Level
Additional entry requirement information
Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in Building Surveying will be considered for direct entry into Level 2. Merit grades in all higher level units or 60% in all higher level units would be required respectively
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.
Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).
LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.
The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.
In 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.
You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.
You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.**
For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
- UK field trips and other educational visits
- student exchanges
- DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
*Based on 2017 entry.
** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Living expenses (maintenance) loan
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.
The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.
The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Paying back your student loans
You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).*
*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Do you want a varied professional career with many challenges and good employment prospects? If so then becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor may be the career for you.
The most likely route to go down once you graduate is to become a building surveyor in commercial building management or housing and social building provision. Some of our graduates go on to run their own practices or become partners in established building surveying practices once they become professionally qualified.
Building Surveying is a varied profession operating in both the public and private sectors covering both residential and commercial clients. Chartered Building Surveyors offer expert advice on all aspects of land, property and construction for both private and public companies, including:
- inspecting and surveying existing buildings, proposing and managing refurbishment projects, appraising buildings for new uses, conserving listed buildings
- providing advice on building defects and failures, diagnosis of defects and specification of remedial work
- property legislation advice – party wall issues, building regulations and planning permission issues
- project management services, working with clients, preparing outline designs and specifications, refurbishment work carrying out building surveys and measured surveys
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Professional accreditation / links
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes